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Lunch and a Book 2015 Reading List

Lunch and a Book meets the second Thursday of the month from 12:00-1:00PM.  No registration required, participation encouraged.

Bootstrapper: from broke to badass on a northern Michigan farm by Mardi Jo Link — January 8



The talented Mr. Ripley
by Patricia Highsmith — February 12




Orphan train by Christina Baker Kline — March 12


The end of night: searching for natural darkness in an age of artificial light by Paul Bogard — April 9


The all-girl filling station's last reunion: a novel by Fannie Flagg — May 14

Battle of Waterloo Bicentennial

The Battle of Waterloo was fought 200 years ago on June 18, 1815. A French army under the command of Napoleon was defeated by a coalition army commanded by the Duke of Wellington. Napleon's defeat marked the end of his rule as Emperor of the French.

The Battle of Waterloo by Jeremy Black


The final act: the roads to Waterloo by Gregor Dallas


Waterloo: June 18, 1815: the battle for modern Europe by Andrew Roberts


Rites of peace: the fall of Napoleon & the Congress of Vienna by Adam Zamoyski


Vienna, 1814: how the conquerors of Napoleon made love, war, and peace at the Congress of Vienna by David King

Curtains Up! Biographies

Earn your Curtains Up! badge by reading about one of these authors, actors, journalists, artists, or musicians.

George Harrison: behind the locked door by Graeme Thomson


A fine romance by Candice Bergen


Young Eliot: from St. Louis to The waste land by Robert Crawford


A complex fate: William L. Shirer and the American century by Ken Cuthbertson


It's a long story: my life by Willie Nelson with David Ritz


Words without music: a memoir by Philip Glass

Sports Biographies

Billy Martin: baseball's flawed genius by Bill Pennington


The closer by Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey


Every day I fight by Stuart Scott ; with Larry Platt


The last cowboy: a life of Tom Landry by Mark Ribowsky


The life and career of David Beckham: football legend, cultural icon by Tracey Savell Reavis


Made in America by Chris Chelios, with Kevin Allen ; forword by Wayne Gretzky


Mr. Hockey: my story by Gordie Howe ; foreword by Bobby Orr

Look What's in Large Print: June 2015

This month the spotlight is on historical fiction.  Well-written historical fiction provides a window into everyday life, what was important, how people spoke and thought...




The body snatchers affair [large print]: a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery by Marcia Muller, Bill Pronzini

The nightingale [large print] by Kristin Hannah

The angel court affair [large print]: a Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel by Anne Perry

The tempting of Thomas Carrick [large print] by Stephanie Laurens

Murder in Murray Hill [Large print] by Victoria Thompson

Nonfiction Book Group July 2015

One summer : America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop. Meanwhile, Babe Ruth was beginning his assault on the home run record, and Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly sat atop a flagpole in Newark, New Jersey, for twelve days. At the same time, the gangster Al Capone tightened his grip on the illegal booze business and the first true "talking picture," Al Jolson's "The Jazz Singer," was filmed and forever changed the motion picture industry. All this and much, much more transpired in that epochal summer of 1927, and Bill Bryson captures its outsized personalities, exciting events, and occasional just plain weirdness with his trademark vividness.

Biography Suggestions for Sixth Grade

Reading about real people can fun, exciting, and inspiring. Here are just a few of the people featured in our JBIO section. Recommendations might be interesting to more than just sixth graders!


The seventeenth child by Dorothy Marie Rice & Lucille Mabel Walthall Payne

The many faces of George Washington: remaking a presidential icon by Carla Killough McClafferty

Annie Sullivan and the trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert; with an introduction by TK

Leaving China: an artist paints his World War II childhood by James McMullan

Everybody paints!: the lives and art of the Wyeth family by Susan Goldman Rubin

Great Lakes Shipwrecks

Fun and Activities for the Whole Family

Discover Michigan's Great Outdoors

Walking Adventures

Michigan at War

Fascinating Michigan History

More Fascinating Michigan History

Michigan remembered: photographs from the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information, 1936- 1943 by edited by Constance B. Schulz ; with introductory essays by Constance B. Schulz and William H. Mulligan, Jr

Father Abraham's children: Michigan episodes in the Civil War by Frank B. Woodford ; new foreword by Arthur M. Woodford

A drive down memory lane: the named state and federal highways of Michigan by LeRoy Barnett

The Potawatomis, keepers of the fire by R. David Edmunds

Picturing Hemingway's Michigan by Michael R. Federspiel